J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument: Essays on His Organ Works

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OUP USA, 2012 - 203 pagina's
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Johann Sebastian Bach dominates the field of organ music like no other composer dominates any other repertory. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that Bach's organ works have long attracted scholarly attention. Still, the subject has by no means been exhausted. The sheer number of Bach's surviving organ compositions will always prevent anyone from having the "last word" on the subjects, either the music's stylistic diversity, or its complexity. In addition, Bach's organ works have exerted a profound and lasting influence on later generations, including many of the greatest composers, performers, conductors, critics, and scholars in the whole history of music. In J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument, author Russell Stinson delves into various unexplored aspects of these masterpieces. Drawing on previous research and new archival sources, he sheds light on many of the most mysterious aspects of this music and its reception. Beginning with a critique of the literature, Stinson questions recent hypotheses regarding authorship and provenance of several of Bach's most famous pieces. From there he discusses the music itself, revealing compositional procedures that not only illuminate key aspects of the chorales, but those of the composer's contemporaries and predecessors as well. From there, Stinson turns to reception. From Mendelssohn and Schumann to Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Stinson shows how Bach's music has remained a part of Western culture for nearly three hundred years. J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument casts new light on these foundational pieces of Western music, and is essential reading for students, scholars and fans of Bach, and "the king of instruments."
 

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1 Studies and Discoveries
3
2 Bach and the Varied Stollen
28
3 Some Observations on Mendelssohns Reception of Bachs Organ Works
40
4 Bachs Organ Works and Schumanns Neue Zeitschrift
56
5 César Franck as a Receptor of Bachs Organ Works
68
6 Edward Elgar as a Receptor of Bachs Organ Works
89
7 Aspects of Reception from Bachs Day to the Present
108
APPENDIX 1
153
APPENDIX 2
173
LITERATURE CITED
179
INDEX
193
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Russell Stinson is the Josephine Emily Brown Professor of Music and College Organist at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. He is the author of The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms (OUP, 2006), J. S. Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales (OUP, 2001), Bach: The Orgelbüchlein (reissued by OUP, 1999), and The Bach Manuscripts of Johann Peter Kellner and His Circle.

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